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Books to inspire young creatives

by Leanne Hall

Do you have a pint-sized writer, designer, filmmaker, musician, artist or all-round imaginative powerhouse in your life? Here are some great books that celebrate young creatives. And don’t forget to browse our full list of suggested books to inspire young creatives. YOUNG ARTISTS

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti is disconsolate after an art class, feeling that she can’t draw, but wh…

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Our staff love How to Make a Movie in 12 Days

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery. How to Make a Movie in 12 Days is a delightfully charming love song to movies, friendship and summer holidays, penned by Readings' own bookseller and crime specialist, Fiona Hardy. If you needed any more persuading (you totally don’t), read on for some of our staff members' thoughts on this wonderful novel for kids aged 9+.

‘I r…

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Recommended reads from the contributors of Growing Up Queer in Australia

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.

We’ve asked some of these wonderful contributors, and some of our wonderful booksellers, to share the LGBTIQ+/queer read…

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2019

by Alison Huber

It has been a privilege to judge this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction during our 50th Birthday year. I would conjecture that no one in Australia other than the annual judging panel reads this group of books together – all the eligible first and second novels or short story collections from Australian authors in a year period (amounting this round to nearly fifty works) – and so i…

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Meet the bookseller with Dave Little

In our latest Meet the Bookseller post, we chat to Readings Carlton bookseller and customer service extraordinaire Dave Little about how he came to work in books, what books have made an impact on him, and what he’s looking to read next. Why did you decide to work in books?

I started working at an independent bookstore in Brisbane soon after I studied literature at uni. I didn’t intend to sti…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The History of Philosophy by A. C. Grayling Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton Salt: Selected Stories and Essays by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Queer in Australia edited by Benjamin Law Sludge by Susan Lawrence & Peter Davies Banking Bad by Adele Ferguson A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

With Indigenous Lit…

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The Ned Kelly Awards shortlists 2019

The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2019 shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

Here are the shortlists in each category:

Best Fiction Killshot by Garry Disher Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood The Lost Man by Jane Harper The Other Wife by Michael Robotham Live and Let Fry by Sue Williams Best fir…

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The winners of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced their Book of the Year Awards winners for 2019. These Awards celebrate the best Australian books for readers in early childhood up to young adult readers.

Here are the winners for each category.

Older Readers Between Us by Clare Atkins

Jono is depressed, missing his absent mother and sister, and struggling in his relationship …

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What’s Declan from St Kilda listening to?

The world is populated by so much good music and so many talented musicians – if you’re trying to broaden your tastes, it can be impossible to know where to start. Luckily, we have a team of very knowledgeable and very insightful music buyers who can help you out. We had a chat with Declan Murphy, the music buyer at our St Kilda store, to see what artists he’s been enjoying lately. Read on for h…

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